Friday, May 26, 2017

'Kochi' Fusuma

Rare opening for stunning sliding doors paintings at famed temple

Asahi Shimbun  by YOSHIMI SUZUKI/ Staff Writer  May 26, 2017

Paintings on 12 sliding doors by Koyo Ishizaki are on display at Kongobuji temple in Koya, Wakayama Prefecture, on May 25. (Yoshimi Suzuki)

KOYA, Wakayama Prefecture--Japanese art lovers have a rare opportunity to see a series of exquisite paintings on “fusuma” sliding doors at Kongobuji temple, a World Heritage site here, in a special show currently running.

The pictures, titled “Kochi” (Himalayan monal), are by Japanese painter Koyo Ishizaki (1884-1947), from Toyama Prefecture.

They come in 12 fusuma measuring about 17 meters wide collectively. Ishizaki undertook the project at the request of the Buddhist temple in 1933.

Kongobuji is the head temple of Buddhism’s Koyasan-Shingon sect. The paintings usually adorn a room in the temple’s back hall.

The exhibition, which began on May 25, will run through June 11.

The show is open from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., unless it is closed due to events at the temple. There is no separate charge for the exhibition, but admission to the temple is 500 yen ($4.50).


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